West Coast Premiere
An unnamed fisherman sets out on his daily run but finds himself irredeemably lost when a thick fog surrounds his boat. However, when he crashes into an abandoned sailboat his troubles really begin. Trapped onboard, the fisherman must face an unknown enemy whose raison d’être seems to be his very destruction.
Building on a tradition of eerie, ghostly British tales, THE BOAT is a menacing thrill ride that sets a violent survival drama against the supernatural. In the leading role, Joe Azzopardi excels as the fisherman, a practical man whose quick thinking and sea-faring experience ensure that this fight is more than even.
It would be churlish not to mention the role that the brilliant cinematography plays, in a film that relies on its setting to keep the mood sustained. Winston Azzopardi captures the sea as a duality that is immediately logical: calm, serene and beautiful, it is also more than capable of turning into a monster ready to devour the woefully unprepared. Scenes of storm and chaos are handled with aplomb, relying on practical effects and visual trickery as opposed to CGI, drawing the audience further into its world.
Director: Winston Azzopardi
Egyptian Theatre: Shudder Screen